To make social intergration easier and positive interpersonal relationships more likely in all areas of daily engagement (i.e., college, employment, family relationships, friendships and intimate relationships) for adult individuals of the Regional Center who navigate the community independently and have difficulty developing and maintaining positive interpersonal relationships.
Adults served by the Regional Center who are pursuing educational and employment endeavors and who experience challenges engaging with others socially which result in unhealthy functioning and negative experiences and an unfulfilling life.
Challenges and negative experiences:
- shyness, social anxiety, or just not knowing what to say to start a conversation or how to respond to small talk
- isolation and depression
- loss of job and lack of employment opportunties
"The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships" - Tony Robbins
To assist individuals with social challenges to obtain a higher satisfaction of life by teaching social skills to enhance their ability to successfully engage with other individuals as they navigate and negotiate various situations in their everyday living (i.e., college and employment).
HOW WE CAN HELP
The Interpersonal Relationship Development (IRD) program aims to enhance interpersonal skills in individuals with development disabilities to help them work well with people in their employment, college and other daily environments. Additionally, interpersonal connections, friendships and a sense of belonging play important roles in a person's psychological well-belng.
The IRD program aims to empower individuals to connect, heigthen their confidence and positive interpersonal experiences, and most importantly foster extended smiles and a fullfilling life.
IMPORTANCE OF OUR PROGRAM
To provide a safe, supportive, and respectful learning environment to a group of individuals who may have experienced a history of stigmatization as a result of their developmental disabilities.
To increase participant’s confidence in ability to engage in small talk and develop and maintain meaningful interpersonal relationships.
To make learning accessible and engaging.
To enhance generalization of social skills to natural environments with assistance of social coaches (i.e., family members, caregivers, friends and service providers [ILS, SLS]) to facilitate a more successful life with community integration.